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Nov 10

November 10, 2011

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM by Terri Oswin

Municipal offices are closed tomorrow in recognition of the Veterans’ Day Holiday.  We are grateful for those men and women who proudly serve in the U.S. armed forces.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, November 14, 2011, with an Executive Session at 6:00pm and the Regular Meeting at 7:00pm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the October 24th meeting for consideration and approval.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those who wish to address the Town Council but do not plan on staying for the whole meeting.  There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 5 minutes.  This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward.  The public can speak on any matter.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

ORDINANCES
There are three ordinances for second reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2011-21
will formally adopt the revised Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and Employee Handbook.

Ordinance 2011-22 will reappropriate $95,744.02 to be used towards the purchase of a pick-up truck for the DPW, the preparation of the Zoning Ordinance Master Plan, digitizing the Tax Maps and codification of ordinances, the acquisition of an aerator, and new bleachers for Memory Park.

Ordinance 2011-23 will amend Chapter 20 to establish regulations for outdoor furnaces.

OLD BUSINESS


CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #227-2011* will cancel water and sewer capital balances.

Resolution #228-2011* will authorize an agreement with NJDOT for the placement of wayfinding signs along Routes 206 & 94 in town.  

Resolution #229-2011* will authorize renewing our membership in the Statewide Insurance Fund.

Resolution #230-2011* will appoint Keith Mitchell as the Town of Newton’s Risk Management Consultant for 2012.

Resolution #231-2011* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for Denville Line Striping’s portion of the Paving of Various Streets Project.

Resolution #232-2011* will authorize executing an agreement with the Morris County Improvement Authority (MCIA) in connection with the Sussex County Guaranteed Renewable Energy Program Lease Revenue Bonds (solar project).

Resolution #233-2011* will authorize the annual agreement between the Town of Newton and the Newton Parking Authority.

Resolution #234-2011* will appoint Ferraioli, Wielkotz, Cerullo & Cuva as Newton’s Municipal Auditor for 2012.

Resolution #235-2011* will authorize Ferraioli, Wielkotz, Cerullo & Cuva to review the statement of assets will regards to LOSAP.  

Resolution #236-2011* will approve Change Order No. 1 for the Purchase of Pipes and Fittings for the Merriam Avenue Watermain Project.

Resolution #237-2011* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #238-2011* will authorize 2011 appropriation transfers.

Resolution #239-2011* will authorize a lien redemption for Block 1003, Lot 16.

Resolution #240-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #241-2011* will authorize executing an agreement with Wantage Township for Animal Control and Pound Services for 2012. 

INTERMISSION


DISCUSSION

  1. Professional Services for 2012

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

The Morris Lake Reservoir was 1 inch above the top of the spillway on 11.7.11.

Congratulations to all candidates who were successful this past Election Day.

Department heads are beginning their review of employees with the annual performance evaluation process.

Gov. Christie was at Newton Medical Center this week to discuss New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation law requiring newborns to be screened for life-threatening heart defects before leaving the hospital.

FKA will be working on alternate proposals for the Pool Concession Stand.

Several staff members and elected officials will be attending the annual NJ State League of Municipalities Conference.  I wish them safe travel and hope they come back with some good ideas for Newton!

New treads are being installed in the stairwell at Town Hall today.

HPA has informed us that Manor II Electric will be working tomorrow on the lighting in the alleyways.

The new wayfinding signs will start to go up next week.

There are about 19 service connections that have yet to be completed on Merriam Avenue…we are hopeful to have same completed by the end of this month.

TR Weniger has completed their work on the Morris Lake Dam mat installation. 

Enjoy your weekend!  Go Giants!

TSRJR